Space Shuttle Endeavour Returns To California

The Space shuttle Endeavour returned Thursday to California on a wistful journey over the country that paid homage to NASA workers and Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, an astronaut.

A 747 jet carrying the space shuttle will take off again on Friday morning to make an appearance over Sacramento, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Los Angeles skies stopping at the Los Angeles International Airport where Endeavour will be prepped for a slow ride on a special flatbed trailer through city streets next month and ending as a museum showpiece.

Endeavour’s has been delayed twice during the past days due to stormy weather along the Gulf of Mexico and on Wednesday it departed from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida where crowds were looking for the space shuttle to appear in the sky.

Space shuttle Endeavour flew 25 times, where its mission was mostly to supply the International Space Station and spent 299 days in space and circled Earth nearly 4,700 times, logging 123 million miles.

Picture Gene Blevins  /  Reuters

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Agreement Reached on 9/11 Museum, Paving A Way Of Construction

Agreement reached on 9/11 museum, paving way of construction, just a day before 9/11.
“As New Yorkers and Americans gather on the anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks, we pause once again to remember those we lost and the enormous sacrifice of the brave heroes who rushed into the gravest of dangers. Over the last few years, we have made extraordinary progress at Ground Zero and today’s agr

eement is yet another milestone in our work to finally complete the site as a place where people from around the world can come to work, visit and remember. By ensuring that no additional public funds are spent to complete the Memorial and Museum, today’s agreement puts in place a critical and long overdue safeguard to finally protect toll payers and taxpayers from bearing further costs, and, at the same time, put the project on a path for completion. I commend Governor Christie, Mayor Bloomberg, and the leadership of the Port Authority and the September 11 Memorial & Museum for their work on today’s agreement.” -Chris Cuomo, New York Governor.

No Politicians At This Year’s 9/11 Anniversary Ceremony

No politicians will attend this year’s September 11 anniversary after families have expressed their concern that political struggles are hindering progress on the 9/11 Museum at the World Trade Center.

Family members were told that this year’s reading of victims will be “the exclusive focus of the program”. It was the first indication that the reading of the names would continue to be part of the ceremony as September 11 approaches, even though some family members protested after New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had said that he wasn’t sure if the names should be read individually now that they are on display at the memorial at Ground Zero.

The President of the memorial foundation, Joe Daniels said: “The National September 11 Memorial is focused on honoring the victims and their families in a way free of politics, and this ensures that continues.”

This year, as other years, the observance will have six moments of silence (when each WTC Tower was hit and fell, and the times of the attack on the Pentagon and when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, PA.)

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Week in Pictures: May 31 – June 7

Space shuttle Enterprise is carried by barge underneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on June 3, in New York City. Enterprise was on its way to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, where it will be on permanent display.

Brandon Harder, gas man for Jimmie Johnson, goes airborne as Johnson accelerates from the pit during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, May 27.

People gather at the site of a plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria, June 3. A passenger plane carrying more than 150 people crashed in Nigeria’s largest city, killing everyone on board and several others on the ground. The pilot is said to have reported engine failure just before the aircraft went down.

A Pakistani boy who lives near a brick factory covers his face with a scarf to avoid a sand storm on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, June 6.

Venus appears as a small black dot (upper left corner) against the massive surface of the sun on its orbit between Earth and the center of our solar system, June 5. The transit of Venus across the sun is one of the rarest celestial sights visible from Earth. The event marked the last time Venus will cross the sun (as seen from Earth) for 105 years.

Kazakh nomads herd their livestock across a plain in Altay, China. The Altay, known in Chinese as the Aletai region, is situated in the most northern part of Xinjiang, sharing a border on the east with Mongolia and on the west with Russia.

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Today’s Best Pictures; The Enterprise makes Intrepid landing; Waves in Australia & More

The space shuttle Enterprise is lifted by a crane onto the USS Intrepid, June 6, 2012, in New York City. Upon the Intrepid, the space shuttle will be on display for viewing by the general public. NASA’s space shuttle program came to an end in August, 2011, after 30 years of service.

Sightseers brave treacherous conditions at Bronte Beach on Wednesday in Sydney, Australia. Wind speeds of up to 127km/h were recorded last night as Sydney was lashed by wild weather caused by the arrival of a low pressure system. A high tide and a large swell is heightening the risk of sand erosion at local beaches on the New South Wales coast.

This combo picture made on Wednesday shows living statues depecting an Apache Indian, a sand man, Elvis Presley, a matador, the invisible man, the newspaper man, a bronze sweeper and Charlie Chaplin near the Puerta del Sol square. Since the beginning of the economic crisis in Spain, the number of living statues has increased in Madrid. Spain has the highest unemployment rate in the industrialised world, with 24.44 percent of the workforce idle, according to the national statistics office Ine.

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